THE Congress has said that it will submit a report on slow pace of implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in UP to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The party also accused the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led government of adopting a negative attitude towards centrally sponsored schemes .
All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Praveen Rashtrapal and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Pramod Tiwari flagged off a ‘Jan Jagaran Yatra’ here on Friday to educate people about the NREGS to ensure that its benefits reached the people.
Rashtrapal said that the State Government had not nominated Congress representatives to the state- level committee constituted to monitor the progress of scheme, he said adding a PIL could also be filed to ensure expeditious implementation of the scheme.
Tiwari, who also spoke on the occasion, said that the State Government was diverting the funds of the scheme to other heads and the issue would be raised in the Vidhan Sabha.
Instead of working towards the State’s development, the Mulayam-led government was spending its energy to survive in office, he said.
The Yatra that would cover all the 22 districts where the NREGS was being implemented, said Rashtrapal added that the objective of the scheme was to get at least 1 lakh job cards issued. About 1 lakh application forms were sent to the districts with the yatra led by the party’s NREGS incharge Sanjay Dixit, Rashtrapal said.
The yatra on its way would hold panchayats at various places, he said and added that he would address the panchayats in districts. AICC general secretary incharge Ashok Gehlot would address the panchayats in four districts while UPCC president Salman Khurshid would address the panchayats at other places, he said.
The UPA-led Central Government had sanctioned a sum of Rs 332 crore for the scheme, he said. However, the State Government was able to use only Rs 90 crore till now, he added.